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What does caruncle mean?


  1. an outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds
    • synonym of caruncle: caruncula
    • more generic words: appendage / outgrowth / process = a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
    • more specific words: lappet / wattle = a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards


Caruncle: A caruncle is defined as 'a small, fleshy excrescence that is a normal part of an animal's...

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Google previewJatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop (2012)

Volume 2: Genetic Improvement and Biotechnology by Bir Bahadur, Mulpuri Sujatha, Nicolas Carels

A caruncle is a fleshy to horny outgrowth/appendage rich in dietery lipids and diglycerides situated near the hilum of seed, formed from the integuments or arising from fruit tissue including aril and attracts insects and serves as reward for  ;...

Google previewOphthalmic Pathology (2012)

A Concise Guide by Thomas J. Cummings

Caruncle: • The caruncle is a conjunctival fold that forms a fleshy elevation in the medial – canthal area. The caruncle is lined by nonkeratinizing squamous epithelium and contains sebaceous glands, accessory lacrimal gland tissue, and hair ...

Google previewThe anatomy of the horse, embracing the structure of the foot (1832)

by William Percivall

The lachrymal caruncle is a little black or pied tubercle, whose magnitude varies somewhat in different horses, lodged within the inferior canthus, in the vacancy between the eyelids and the eyeball. Only that part of it is black or pied, however,  ...

Google previewA Text-book of diseases of women (1904)

by Charles Bingham Penrose

The caruncle is often erectile in character, and increases in size at the menstrual period. The growths bleed very easily on manipulation, and are exquisitely sensitive. The urethral caruncle is the commonest neoplasm of the urethra. Symptoms ...

Google previewBrowse's Introduction to the Investigation and Management of Surgical Disease (2010)

by Norman L. Browse, John Black, Kevin G. Burnand, Steven A. Corbett, William E. G. Thomas

A urethral caruncle is a friable out-pouching of urethral mucosa at the urethral meatus, occasionally seen in postmenopausal women. The everted mucosal surface may become sore and bleed. Rarely, it can disturb or even obstruct the flow of ...

Google previewMedical Meanings (2003)

A Glossary of Word Origins by William S. Haubrich

caruncle is a near borrowing of the Latin carun- cula, the diminutive form of caro, “flesh.” Hence ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

The head is covered with spongy caruncles, and there is likewise a membranaceous longitudinal caruncle on the throat. M. gallopavo, the turkey of Ray, has a caruncle both on the head and throat ; and the breast of the male is bearded or ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

the Uchrvmal caruncle ; and in birds the nictita- There is an almost infinite diversity in  ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

The head is covered with, spongy caruncles ; and there is likewise a membranaceous longitudinal caruncle on the throat. There were 3 species, but two of them are transferred to the genus Pe- k elope, in. Dr Gmelin's last edition of the Syji.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1810)

by John Wilkes (of Milland House, Sussex)

Ampelis carunculata, the carunculated chatterer; having a pendulous, expansible , and nioveable, caruncle at the base of the bill. 10. Ampelis carnitex, having its head and breast red ; the stripe at its eyes, the tips of the quills of the wings, and ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

One of the pheasant-like birds of the genus Tragopan, which have naked cheeks, a hornlike caruncle projecting backward from behind each eye, and a loose wattle, capable of being inflated, hanging beneath the bill. Five species are known, ...

Google previewThe American Medical Lexicon (1811)

On the Plan of Quincy's Lexicon Physico-medicum, with Many Retrenchments, Additions, and Improvements; Comprising an Explanation of the Etymology and Signification of the Terms Used in Anatomy, Physiology, Surgery, Materia Medica, Chemistry, and the Practice of Physic. Compiled from the Most Approved Authorities by John Quincy

Caruncula, a caruncle. This word is a diminutive from caro, _/Yes/1; it is  ...

Google previewThe London Encyclopaedia (1829)

Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature, and Practical Mechanics, Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings, a General Atlas, and Appropriate Diagrams by Thomas Curtis

The head is covered with spongy caruncles ; and there is likewise a membranaceous longitudinal caruncle on the throat. M. gallopavo, the turkey of Ray, has a caruncle both on the head and throat ; and the breast of the male is bearded or ...

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Muscovy duck with prominent caruncle

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Scrabble value of C3A1R1U1N1C3L1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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